Do you have concerns about your child’s feet or walking style? Is there a family history of foot or leg problems? Early detection and management of foot problems may prevent more serious issues in later life, so it’s beneficial to know what to look for and when you should have your child’s feet checked.
Some signs to look out for include:
- Complaints of pain while walking
- Reluctance to participate in physical activity
- Complaints of tired legs (often small children will want to be picked up).
- Unusual walking style or limping
- If your child is stumbling or falling over
- Low arches (flat feet)
- Presence of bunions or other foot deformities.
- “Pigeon Toes” (feet turning in or out)
- Painful heels
- Ingrown toenails or unusually shaped toes
- If your child isn’t walking at all by the age of two
If you are at all concerned about your child’s feet or gait call now for an appointment. There are many adult foot problems that can be prevented through early intervention in childhood.